PHOTO: John R. Ingram, right, presented Ian Ayre with a scarf in honor of the announcement of Ayre as CEO of the Nashville expansion MLS team.
By BROOKE WANSER
During a press event Monday afternoon, the MLS2Nashville committee announced former Premier League club Liverpool FC CEO Ian Ayre as the CEO of Nashville’s expansion soccer team.
At the West Club inside Nissan Stadium, Nashville Mayor David Briley opened the ceremony, donning the new team’s scarf in honor of the announcement.
Ingram Industries chairman and team owner John R. Ingram spoke about Major League Soccer’s growing impact in the United States, referencing a recent article in the New York Times about neighboring team Atlanta FC.
Ingram then introduced Ayre, a native Brit, placing a Nashville scarf around his neck.
MLS2Nashville is a community group which has pushed to bring a Major League Soccer team to Nashville for months, succeeding in December of 2017.
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Ayre began as the managing director of Liverpool FC, a team in the British Premier League, in 2011, before being promoted to CEO of the team in 2014.
He left Liverpool last February, joining German soccer club 1860 Munich as managing director, leaving just months later, before the team was demoted to the third division.
The Nashville MLS team will begin play in 2020, with a new stadium planned at the Fairgrounds Nashville.